The annual Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017 awards ceremony just concluded in Bangkok, and it was a bit of a mixed bag for Singapore. But first the great news:

While Bangkok's Indian molecular gastronomy temple Gaggan took the top spot a whopping three years in a row, the bright light for Singapore was Restaurant Andre, which came in at #2, up one spot from #3 last year. The other exciting newcomer on the list was last year's hottest opening, Julien Royer and the Lo & Behold Group's Odette at the National Gallery Singapore, which came in at a very admirable #9. (You'll recall that this sun-drenched French restaurant has a weeks-long wait for a table, even at lunch.)

Overall, though, the general Singapore showing was less stellar than it had been last year. While we were happy to see our usual favorites make an appearance, most took a drop in their rankings. Les Amis took a four-step tumble to #16 and Waku Ghin lost its previous year's top-10 status, coming in at #20. Singaporean chef Jason Tan's Corner House, which debuted on the list last year #17, came in at #23 tonight. And after falling from #11 to #29 last year, Jaan barely held on at #42, with Shinji by Kanesaka falling 23 spots to #44. 

Willin Low's Wild Rocket fell off the top 50, after a blip of an appearance last year at #38, and enduring fine dining institution Iggy's, which has had a major renovation last year and welcomed hot young new chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive, also lost its place on the list.

But cheer up! Tippling Club was a rare climb, going up from #31 in 2016 to #27. And David Pynt's Australian barbecue joint Burnt Ends which debuted at #14 last year, climbed up to #10—which actually means that three of Asia's 10 best restaurants are in Singapore—Restaurant Andre, Odette and Burnt Ends—more than Hong Kong or Tokyo, which had two restaurants apiece in the top 10.

And besides, the real tragedy of the night is that there are exactly TWO women chefs on that list of 50. Sure, May Chow won Asia's Best Female Chef 2017 (and publicly thanked her same-sex partner—yay visibility!), but it's easy to feel cynical and think the category is a pressure valve for the enduring boys' club F&B clearly remains. Excuse us while we fine-dine our feelings.

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